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Anybody that follows my work understands my thoughts on transforming relationships. Transforming a relationship doesn’t happen in one day. It usually doesn’t happen on those commercial days either. In fact, appreciating someone on a specified day can really cause you to miss the boat. Sometimes it takes years to get a handle on how to truly show appreciation to loved ones.
Showing serious appreciation is a process. The process varies depending on the relationship. Inspired, this year I decided to do something different. My appreciation will be demonstrated by transforming Valentine’s Day. The transformation will be called Single Awareness Day. All Single Awareness Day requires is all single people must Love thyself before Thy love neighbors, families and friends. Consider this:
1. Love Thy Friends and Family means spending your energy baking cute treats or getting gifts to show the great people in your life you really appreciate them. Giving always makes you feel better.
2. Love Thy Neighbor – Reach out to other singles and invite them over for a celebration or a night out, even if you do not know them that well. That stranger in your office probably doesn’t want to spend the night alone any more than you do.
3. Love Thyself – Pamper, pamper, pamper. Why not buy yourself a poem book? My Beautiful Black Sisters one way to share feelings? Purchase some roses while treating yourself to chocolates as you get your nails done. Show yourself some much-needed love, so when Mr. or Mrs. Right comes along, you can let the love inside you just bubble over.
About Nathan B. Brooken
Nathan B. Brooken is the author of My Beautiful Black Sisters, a collection of poems in memory of his mother, whom he lost at a young age. He has also written several fan fiction scripts. His work has been incorporated into two American Literature and Composition courses syllabi at local Jacksonville colleges and universities. Brooken’s appreciation for women breaks barriers. His poems have become the subject of debate. Brooken began writing while attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He continues to write about the women who assisted in his upbringing when he is working on assignment in the Duval County School System. Visit Nathan
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Tuesday, January 7th at 7pm.
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Ingenuity and tenacity are always at the core of any company’s success. Just ask CEO and entrepreneur Anthony Dyson if you ever find him with an idle moment. Known as D$Money Dyson, he understood it would be an uphill climb to start Tri-State Entertainment Records when he teamed up with his partners Jared “Boss P” Person, and Brandon “Yung Bama” Bridges to form the label in 2007.
Releasing hits like A-state Gigolo, Hard Work No Play, Interstate Trafficking, and Reckoning Day, Tri-State Entertainment reflects the company’s eclectic history. First, their roots were firmly established on their home scenes which includes Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida. Second, their musical development has evolved from a home-grown blend to an international brew. Third, all three label members honorably served their country as sailors in the United States Navy before coming together to make their music.
Stints in the Navy took them to the Middle East. Nothing deters this crew. Even life in Bahrain gave them opportunities to demonstrate their ambition and nurture their creative forces. It appears that being in harm’s way only helped them to become more driven. Tri-State officers are also astute enough to appreciate the importance of reaching out. Dyson’s collaboration includes artists from 3MG label circa their transitions, Zadrion “Dj Yung Stylez” Hawkins and a best beat selling producer. Hawkins has been associated with Atlantic Records.
Staying true to their roots, these men have returned home to enroll at local college and universities honing hone their talents by studying business management, photography, and nuances of entrepreneurship. Dyson encourages his partners to embrace all highs and lows of each endeavor. The Tri-State Entertainment label doesn’t allow anything to interfere with their mutual vision. A lull in opportunities becomes a platform for restructuring. A service obligation became a value proposition, and a challenge became the fuel for creativity. Music fans, it’s a wise choice to follow Mr. Dyson and his artists. Beware, their music is not for the faint at heart or tender ears. But those of kindred spirits doesn’t include you. So click Anthony D$Money. Anthony offers up some Arkansas Swag with Florida flavor.
Anthony “D$ Money” Dyson is an entrepreneur, business management major at a local university, and proud veteran of the United States Navy. He diligently serves his community by helping other artists and students. His artists are staples at local entertainment venues. Contact Anthony
Consider Nathan B. Brooken’s For My Beautiful Black Sisters collection of poems for the woman who has everything. This is the gift for almost every woman in your life. Sorry, bosses and other professional might need to be excluded. Everyone else is fair game. Show them your appreciation runs deep. Crack open the cover. Read Brooken’s poems out loud.
There is a poem for every female in your life. The message will be loud and clear. You appreciate her. You can also appreciate an artistic work. Her emotions will be undeniable. From front cover to back cover his poems allows us to relive the conflict and whimsy of his relationships. To restrict these poems to one ethnic group is disservice. By the time you reach the last page you realize Brooken’s lyrical musings create sonnets that caress the ear as he tells his story.
Brooken’s choices works. The transparency in each poem more than makes up for any literary missteps. Brooken willingly offers a chance for the world to delve the timeline of his life. His work manages to transcend literary caution creating a meeting ground for an evolution among gender and genre. What more can you ask from a gift?
Nathan B. Brooken, a Jacksonville native and University of Central Florida graduate is also the author of the novel, In Love to Death. He is also currently working creating a script based on the Wonder Woman series. Brooken’s works have been presented locally at Florida State College-Jacksonville, Everest University, and the Jacksonville Public Library. Brooken has also presented at the Decatur Georgia Book Festival. Visit him on Facebook or Nathan’s Place.
R. Narvaez’s Roach Killer and Other Stories offers a peek into the gritty side of Brooklyn life. Inept criminals, frustrated mistresses, a hit man, and a host of others seep into our senses making you cringe and laugh as these characters stumble.
Reading the book made me laugh out loud. Most of the time I wanted to scream, “I know you really don’t want to go there?” It’s good nobody was listening because they did and I went right along with them. The story lines hooked me. Being the weak reader I am; clicking to the next story was never a problem. I like to finish things. These stories were hard to resist. Character predicaments carried a dose of reality with a twist of comeuppance. Sometimes it was predictable. Yet I was entertained by the end of the evening.
This one is a keeper for the noir fans out there.